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Fenland highlighted in new obesity league tables

For the first time, England-wide data reveals the fattest and thinnest parts of England and the scale of the obesity crisis. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

For the first time, England-wide data reveals the fattest and thinnest parts of England and the scale of the obesity crisis. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

 

A new obesity league table shows people in the Fenland area are amongst the heaviest in the country.

More than three-quarters of people in some English towns and cities are overweight or obese, according to figures, and Cumbria is the fattest county.

For the first time, England-wide data reveals the fattest and thinnest parts of England and the scale of the obesity crisis.

Overall, 63.8% of adults in England are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over.

The fattest region is the North East, where 68% of people are overweight or obese, followed by the West Midlands at 65.7%.

The fattest county is Cumbria, with 68.3% of people overweight or obese, followed by North Yorkshire and Staffordshire, both on 67.9%.

Copeland in west Cumbria is the fattest local authority area (75.9%). Other regions where people are risking their health include Blackpool (72.1%), Milton Keynes (72.5%), County Durham (72.5%), Fenland in Cambridgeshire (72.4%), Bolsover in Derbyshire (72.5%), East Lindsey in Lincolnshire (73.8%), Doncaster in South Yorkshire (74.4%) and Sedgemoor in Somerset (73.4%).

Locally the figures showed:

South Holland 72.2%

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 70.3%

Huntingdonshire 69.1%

East Northamptonshire 69.0%

South Kesteven 68.2%

Rutland 65.6%

Peterborough 65.5%

North Kesteven 65.5%

East Cambridgeshire 65.0%

South Cambridgeshire 64.7%

Cambridge 54.3%

Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: “Many local authorities are already working hard to reduce obesity levels and these new data will help all local areas monitor their progress in tackling these long-standing problems.

“People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

“Excess weight can also affect self-esteem and mental health. Overall health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS over £5 billion each year.

“There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity; it is a complex issue that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels. We can all play our part in this by eating a healthy, balanced diet and being more active.”

English regions:

North East (68% are overweight or obese)

North West 66%

Yorkshire and the Humber 65.4%

East Midlands 65.6%

West Midlands 65.7%

East of England 65.1%

London 57.3%

South East 63.1%

South West 62.7%

English counties:

Buckinghamshire 64.4%

Cambridgeshire 65%

Cumbria 68.3%

Derbyshire 66.9%

Devon 60.6%

Dorset 62.4%

East Sussex 65%

Essex 67.3%

Gloucestershire 63.8%

Hampshire 65.1%

Hertfordshire 61.8%

Kent 64.6%

Lancashire 64.7%

Leicestershire 65.4%

Lincolnshire 68.2%

Norfolk 65.7%

Northamptonshire 67.5%

North Yorkshire 67.9%

Nottinghamshire 66.4%

Oxfordshire 60.7%

Somerset 65.5%

Staffordshire 67.9%

Suffolk 65.3%

Surrey 60.8%

Warwickshire 64.8%

West Sussex 64.4%

Worcestershire 65.5%

 

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